Annual P.I.P.E. Meeting Held at PLSP Thursday
Firefighters first responders and public officials from Northwest Tennessee attended the annual Partners in Protecting Everyone, or PIPE, meeting. Treated to catfish dinner and other items on the buffet line at Paris Landing State Park's meeting room attendees were informed of the continued effort to keep people safe around natural gas lines and transmission lines.
The group was surveyed electronically concerning knowledge of the 811 call before you dig program and how to contact authorities in case of a gas line leakage. Jason Fryer West Tennessee liaison with 811 and the natural gas lines made the presentation.
Among representatives who were in attendance were local fire chiefs and firefighters 911 representative and city and county officials. Pictured left to right Jason prior liaison Tennessee and 811 Ventura now operations manager Parrish Henry County utility district pays henry county public utility district Mark sale page 90 volunteer firefighter and Craig Ingram public awareness manager for PIPE. Everyone enjoy a great meal receive door prizes and a good period of fellowship. This was the first of a series of pipe meetings across the state.
32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt 10am Saturday at Ogburn Park
Paris, Tenn.- The 32nd Annual WMUF/WLZK/WRQR and Peddler Advantage Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday at Ogburn Park. The hunt begins at 10am sharp and will be held rain or shine. The egg hunt is for ages 0-10 and hunters must have a hunting license prior to hunting. Licenses can be picked up at various locations and to find out where listen to WMUF, WLZK, or WRQR or pick up a Peddler Advantage. There will be bouncy houses and trackless train rides as well.
Friends of the Library Bookstore Seeks Volunteers
Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the W.G. Rhea Library is looking for Volunteers. Duties include sorting books by genre’, pricing books, shelve books in alphabetical order, and assisting customers with book location. Requirements include you complete a volunteer application, have knowledge of book genres, and have the ability to bend, reach, lift, and stand. Contact Donna Williams, Manager of the Friends of the Library Bookstore at 642-1702 ext. 106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pats Rally to Down Union City 5-4
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots Baseball team defeated Union City 5-4 Thursday evening at home in front of a large crowd who enjoyed the beautiful weather and the ballgame. Knox Davis started and pitched 3 innings and Will Parrish pitched 4 innings. RBIs came from Hunter Updyck, Parker Piskos, and Casey Pope. The Patriots will host Clarksville High in big district game Monday evening, first pitch set for 6pm.
Lady Pats Whip Kenwood 16-0
Clarksville, Tenn.- The Lady Patriot Softball team defeated 16-0 at Kenwood on Thursday night. Paige Roberts got the victory on the mound. Kaylee Marr and Sophie Carter hit homeruns in the victory. Henry County will host West Creek on Monday, first pitch is 6:30pm.
Gene Howell Burial Benefit Sat. At Central School
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Gene Howell Burial Benefit and fundraiser Saturday April 15th at the Central Community Center from 1-7pm. Meal includes pork ribs, tenderloin, burgers and hot dogs, slaw, potato salad, chips, and baked beans. There will be live music as well. For more information call Chuck Raymer at 336-5960.
KFC To Renovate, Add Cooler to Existing Building
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met on Thursday and approved a site plan for a renovation of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located at 911 Mineral Wells Avenue. Interior and exterior renovations as well as new signage are currently proposed. KFC also plans to add a 15’8” x 8’ cooler on the rear of the existing building, which is why this was brought to the Planning Commission. The addition complies with setbacks and doesn’t alter any of the existing parking lot for KFC.
Planners Approve Subdivision Street Regs
Paris, Tenn.- Planners also approved an amendment to subdivision regulations regarding minimum street standard requirements on Thursday night. Public Works Director Phillip Jessie had requested change on the standards and design of newly developed streets. The amendments deal with depth of compacted gravel and hot mix, etc. The guidelines say the new streets must have 8 inches of dense grade or chert gravel in place for the first half of the construction. After the first half of the construction has been completed, 2 inches of binder should be put down and 1.5 inches of surface mix.
The Planning Commission discussed a revision to the Zoning Ordinance with regard to home occupations they passed in March. After research staff suggested the change be made that no retail is allowed as home occupation and any retail items must be delivered or sold off-site.
Examples of typical businesses allowed by home occupation permits include typing or drafting services, consulting, janitorial, landscape, and others. Home occupations also include businesses in which only a telephone and mail services are used. The revision also stated that all business licenses must be issued to a physical address only, even if using a P.O. Box for business purposes. Staff will come back in May with a formal written policy for the Planning Commission to consider.
An amended site plan for Wofford’s on East Wood Street was also approved Thursday night. Wofford’s had already submitted a site plan that was approved but some of the structures were not built according to the plan submitted, but the location of the new improvements do comply with the Zoning Ordinance. There is an additional greenhouse and the building is in a slightly different location. The site plan was presented to have an as built plan on file with the planning office.
American Legion Final Fish Fry Set for Friday April 14th
Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 89 will hold its final Fish Fry on Friday, April 14th from 5pm to 7pm at the American Legion Post 89, which is located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville.
The meal costs $10 and includes cat fish, hush puppies, white beans, slaw, dessert and a drink. The Fish Fry is open to the public and proceeds from the Fish Fry will go to support the needs of the Veterans of Henry County and the surrounding area.
HCSS Passes Adding a HC Fishing Team and Dr. Norton Will Coach the Team's First Meet
(Cassie Walsh photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System School Board met on Thursday and the board approved the startup of a Henry County Fishing Team.
The board passed a resolution that approved to establish a Henry County Fishing Team and Dr. Brian Norton said that he would coach the team for the April 29th meet in Dayton, TN. Norton said that there was a HC Fishing Team organization meeting on March 27th with students and their parents who expressed interest in taking part in the fishing team.
Over 23 students attended the meeting and fourteen of those students said that they are prepared to enter into the Dayton April 29th tournament. The students and their parents are aware of the expenses they have to pay for the fishing team and they are prepared to take on those finances.
The school system said that the Fishing Team is prepared to take on the costs of Dayton tournament which will require having to enroll in the membership in three levels for the tournament, the costs of jerseys, registration for the tournament and every parent and volunteer who will be driving the boat in the tournaments are required by the school system to pass a background check.
Several people have expressed interest in coaching the HC Fishing team, but for the April 29th Dayton tournament Dr. Norton said, “I think I could be the coach for one meet.”
The HC Fishing Team will have to be self sustaining financially and the school system hopes that the fishing team will be financed to fully compete for the 2017-2018 school year and not just this one meet.
Dr. Norton said that the school system is able to provide liability for the team, especially when the team travels in a caravan to meets, but the school system will not cover the liability on the boats that the students use that are from the parents or volunteers that help the fishing team. Volunteers or parents who provide the boats will take on the liability of the students on the HC Fishing Team.
School Board Gives Updates on the Facilities Project
(Cassie Walsh photos)
Paris, Tenn.- At the HCSS board meeting the board was given an update on the facilities, and the interior tiles have been picked out the building was picked out 3 weeks ago. TML is almost finished with all of the items on the school board’s list, but they need to think about increasing the space for the band since the number of band numbers has grown from 125 students last year to 150 students this year. And there needs to be enough room so that the band can accommodate the growth in the number of band members.
The HCSS Board also approved that the Speech Team field trip request to send two students to the National Tournament in Birmingham which will be held in June. Over 3K students compete in the week long tournament and there are 33 Speech team chapters throughout Tennessee.
HCSS Looks at Permanent Solution for the Softball Field Problems
Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Norton also addressed the board with concerns of finding a permanent solution to the problems with the softball field retaining water in right field. Currently the school system has installed mats and placed pumps in the field in order to dry out the field, which has been a good temporary fix, but Dr. Norton said that once the season is over the school system needs to financially look at a permanent solution for fixing the problem.
“In the 17-18 school year, fixing the softball field has to be a priority because the safety of our girls has to come first,” said Norton. “We need to find a permanent solution instead of putting band-aids on the problem.”
Thefts Investigated By Deputies
Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office investigated a couple of thefts out in the county in the last couple of days. One report stated that a yellow planter, frying pan set, and jell-cooled pillow was stolen from a home on Vaughn Road. Another report stated that the rear door of a storage building on Hwy. 69N had been pried open and a few small things were moved around and possibly missing.
Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Cpl. Jim Sanders responded to a burglary on Hwy. 140 West where several items in the shed located on the property had been moved around including a motorcycle and tools. The victim told Cpl. Sanders a drill was missing and some other small items as well. There are no suspects.
Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man on warrants for child abuse and neglect and drug possession. Michael K. Champman, age 29, of 4720 Guthrie Road was picked up by Dep. Watson on Wednesday according to the arrest sheet.
Lady Pats Drop Game 2-0 to Northeast at Home
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team lost 2-0 at home on Wednesday night against Northeast. Emily Brown pitched well, but Northeast shut down Henry County’s offense. The Lady Patriots are on the road at Kenwood Thursday evening.
TDOT Halting Interstate Const. For Easter Weekend
Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.
TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 17 at 6:00 a.m. This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.
Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects that will remain in place. While lane closure activity will be stopped, some workers may be on-site in construction zones and reduced speed limits will still be in effect. Motorists are urged to adhere to all posted speed limits, especially in work zones, for their own safety. Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.
From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.
As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.
April Is Homeschoolers Month at LBL
Golden Pond, Ky.- Land Between the Lakes invites homeschooler families to use the Woodlands Nature Station as their classroom in April. Visitors can pick up a “Nature Discovery Activity Book,” to guide them through exploration activities such as pond exploration, bird identification, and animal math. If a student completes the activities in the book they can earn an official Nature Discovery Patch and certificate.
Homeschoolders’ Day at the Nature Station is Friday April 28th, 10am to 3pm, and will focus on forest. For more information visit online at www.landbetweenthelakes.us.
Public Hearing Set Prior to Thurs. HCBOE Meeting
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education will meet in regular session Thursday at 5pm and prior to the meeting at 4:30pm a public hearing pertaining to the design, planning, and implementation of four federal programs under the Every Student Succeeds Acts will be held.
The hearing is open to all school personnel and parents of students in the Henry County School System. The district parent involvement plan will be discussed and the plan is posted at the Central Office and can be found on the system’s website at www.henryk12.net. For more information contact Dr. Susan Burton, Federal Programs Director, at 642-3101 or email email@example.com.
HCOOA To Offer Zumba Classes Monday Mornings
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging Conger Senior Citizens Center, located at 55 Jones Bend Road, is offering Zumba Classes every Monday morning from 9-9:45am. Janice Thomasson, licensed Zumba Gold instructor will teach the class and anyone taking the class should dress comfortable with shoes and clothes and bring some water.
Zumba Gold is a low-impact class for older adults. It focuses on balance and moving at your own pace. It is great for those who are recovering from injuries, have physical limitations, or who just want a fun, exciting, Latin-inspired 45 minute workout.
Carl Perkins Center Hosting Movie Night Thurs at 5pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse will host a movie night Thursday from 5-6:30pm at their offices at the Henry County Communications Center on Brewer Street. The featured movie is Alice in Wonderland and popcorn and punch will be provided. This is part of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Quota Club's Easter Bake Sale Set for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Quota Club of Paris will hold its famous annual Easter Bake Sale on Saturday April 15th from 8am to Noon at the Commercial Bank on Mineral Wells Avenue. Cakes, pies, cupcakes, loaves of homemade breads, and an assortment of Easter treats will be on sale to benefit Quota Scholarships.
Paris Thunder 10U Wins Silver Championship In Jackson
Jackson, Tenn.- The Paris Thunder 10U baseball team won the Silver Championship in tournament in Jackson this past weekend. Pictured are front row Jesse Pugh, Ayden Smith, Auston Gasper, and Jerimiah Towsend. Back row Coach Tracy Tharpe, Coach Clint Ellis, Brock Archie, Ryan Mitchell, Carter Thompson, Chase Cameron, Martiez Rack, Noah McClure, Head Coach Gervis Gallimore, and Coach Caleb Townsend.
Paris Man Arrested As Part of Undercover Operation
Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man has been arrested on felony drug charges as part of an undercover drug operation conducted by the Metro Crime Unit and other agencies. James F. Lagace, age 41, of 1114 East Blythe Street, was arrested by the Metro Crime Unit and officers with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department on a traffic stop on East Wood Street.
Lagace was wanted on felony drug charges for the sale and distribution of methamphetamine. During the stop, officers from the Paris Police Department did find pipes used to smoke narcotics and also numerous hidden concealment items used to conceal, transport, and distribute illegal drugs.
Lagace’s arrest is part of an investigation being conducted on a network distributing meth and other illegal drugs in Henry County and all over West Tennessee. Lagace’s bond was set for $75K.
Man Charged With Domestic Assault, Drug Charges Pending
Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged Phillip Jackson, age 44, of 190 Jackson Estates, for domestic assault after an incident where he and his wife got into a domestic situation. The report at the sheriff’s office stated that Cpl. Jenkins responded to the home and saw Jackson’s truck leaving the driveway and Cpl. Jenkins stopped him down the road.
Sheriff Belew, Dep. Haley Nanney, and Dep. Stacey Bostwick had talked with the wife who said she found a meth pipe and asked about it and Jackson became irate and slammed it down and broke it. The two got into a heated argument and their daughter attempted to calm the situation and she was pushed out of the way. Cpl. Jenkins charged Jackson with domestic assault and more charges are pending as 2.5g of meth ice was found at the shop area.
Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Storm Davis, age 18, of 6940 Hwy. 69N, for observation without consent after he was going thru Howell’s Resort looking into people’s windows.
Cottage Grove Holds Quick April Session
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in regular session for April Tuesday and Mayor David Jackson presented a recycling update to the board which shows the Cottage Grove ranks in the top ten cities in Tennessee for recycling per capita, even above Knoxville, Nashville, and other larger cities. The program has been a great success for Cottage Grove.
The council briefly discussed the pageant report and confirmed a venue. More discussion will come next month. The council approved a Public Records Policy, repairs in the amount of $475 to Area Wide Communications to repair the tornado siren, and they approved a 2017-18 Budget Ordinance.
The Council also discussed having a city-wide pick-up day for metals on personal property. They will continue to discuss this and set a date at a later meeting.
HCSO Holding Benefit for Pollack Family April 20th
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will hold a benefit of the Pollack children on Thursday April 20th at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 11am to 2pm. The Sheriff’s Office will sell Ribeye and Chicken sandwiches with chips and drink for $8 and will deliver for orders of 8 or more. Call 363-4445 for delivery beginning at 9am on April 20th to place delivery orders. The Pollack children have received lots of love and help from Henry Countians already and the Sheriff’s Office wants to keep that going during their time of great loss.
Ethan Thompson's RBI Triple Sends Pats to 5-4 Win
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County avenged Monday night’s loss at Springfield by defeating the Yellowjackets 5-4 at home Tuesday night in a rain soaked affair thanks in part to an RBI triple by Ethan Thompson in the bottom of the 6th inning.
It basically rained from first pitch to last pitch but after a long first inning where Springfield scored 3 and the Patriots scored 4, both pitchers settled in. Springfield tied the game in the top of the 3rd and it remained tied 4-4 until a two out RBI triple over the center fielder’s head by Thompson in the bottom of the 6th.
Hunter Updyke pitched a complete game including striking out the last batter in the top of the 7th to preserve the win. Brandon Armour made an outstanding defensive play at 3rd to get a force out in the 7th as well. The Patriots played excellent defense all night. The Patriots are now 7-1 in District 10-AAA play. They step out of District action Thursday to host Union City at 6pm.
Paris Awarded SRF Monies for BPU Sewer Rehab Projects
Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities, thru the City of Paris, has officially been awarded two Wastewater Loans as over $9.3M in Water and Wastewater Construction Loans were awarded from the state revolving fund late last week.
The City of Paris will receive $1.5M for a Waste Water Treatment Plant Improvements and Collection System Rehabilitation project. The project will be funded with a 30 year, $1.275M loan with an interest rate of 1.48% and $225K in principal forgiveness that will not have to be repaid.
The City also received $3.6M for a WWTP Improvements and Collection System Rehab project. The project will be funded with a 30 year loan with interest rate of 1.48%.
These are thru the State Revolving Fund program that allows communities, utility districts, and water and waste water authorities to obtain loans with lower interest rates that most can obtain thru private funding.
Hushpuppy Dash Seeks Entrants
Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry is quickly approaching and one of the first events is the Hushpuppy Dash 5K Run and Walk held at 8am on Saturday April 22nd at Henry County High School.
Registration is ongoing now for $15 for the race, or it will be $20 the day of beginning at 7am. You must pre-register by April 15th to guarantee you get a shirt and be entered into drawings for door prizes. Awards will be given out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, in overall male and female and first place in overall masters male and female, and several age groups.
For more information on the race contact Kelly Biggs Corbitt at 731-333-2551 or Jamie Fairbanks at 731-407-8689.
UT Ext. Office to Offer Arthritis Exercise Program
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office is offering a Free Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program to Henry County residents. Starting on Monday April 17th, County Director Michele Atkins will offer the free class as a 6-week program, designed for people with arthritis to reduce pain and stiffness, help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength, and functional ability.
Arthritis sufferers from all ages and mobility levels can benefit from the low impact course. Extension educators design each class to meet the needs of all participants.
Classes will be held each Monday and Wednesday from 9-10am thru May 24th at the UT Extension office at 1120 Tyson Avenue. For more information or to sign up for the program call 642-2941. Class is limited to first 25 people.
Arthritis affects 1.5M Tennesseans and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It is a chronic disease that targets the joins of the body. Common symptoms include joint pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling.
Paris Danger Soccer Place 2nd in Jackson Tourney
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Danger 08 came in 2nd in the Jackson Wolves Weekend Tournament.
Front row: Payton Wade, Kaylen Thompson, Myla Mitchell. 2nd row: Hope Tusa, Ava Hastings, Sadie Thompson, Piper Miles, Ellie Hamlin. 3rd row: Aubrey Fortner, Olivia Kendall, Carrigan Tucker, Jon Guess, Miley Guess.
Law Enforcement Busy With Thefts and More
Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a car in a ditch call on Catfish Road and found a woman, identified as Lacey Stone, age 32, of 369 Sloan Road near the car. She advised Cpl. Jenkins that the car quit on her and rolled into the ditch. A check thru dispatch revealed her license to be suspended twice. She was charged with driving on a suspended license 2nd offense.
In a separate incident, Cpl. Jenkins responded to a burglary at a Elkhorn Nobles Road home. Someone appeared to have kicked in the door and missing items included two televisions, a laptop, and a shotgun. There are no suspects at this time and investigation continues.
Lt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department responded to a 911 call at Paris Inns and Suites and the victim explained that Valerie E. Morgan, 31, of 80 Replogle Road Henry, was attempting to take her car without permission. After investigation Lt. Reed charged Morgan with theft of motor vehicle. She was placed on $10K bond.
Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department charged Edricco L. Patton, age 41, of 509 Wynn Street, with possession of schedule 2 with intent, simple possession of schedule 6, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Patton was placed on $25K bond.
A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Tyrail Jackson responded to McDonald’s where the manager said someone was passed out on the benches behind the restaurant. The woman was identified as Amber Dawn Hammock, age 27, of 903 Riggins Street and was found to have four fake motion picture $100 bills and a black pistol bb gun. Hammock admitted to taking some Xanax. She was charged with public intoxication and placed on $5K bond.
Pats Lose First District Game at Springfield Mon.
Springfield, Tenn.- Henry County lost its first District 10-AAA baseball game of the season on Monday in heartbreaking fashion 8-7. The Patriots had a 7-5 lead going into the bottom of the 7th and Springfield scored 3 and walked off a winner. The Patriots are set to host Springfield Tuesday at 6pm, weather permitting. We will broadcast the game on WRQR 97.5FM.
Road Board Discusses Needs and Projects
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department Highway Commission met Monday evening and Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt discussed several things with the board including the need for a new Grapple Truck. Chilcutt said this is likely the most used piece of equipment, picking up limbs and cleaning up basically 12 months per year. Chilcutt said the current grapple truck has seen its better days and was purchased in 2012. It’s a 1993 model.
Chilcutt said a local tree guy is looking to sale a grapple truck that had all the grapple section rebuilt in 2010 and it is a 2001 model truck. The asking price is $35K. Chilcutt reminded the board that since it’s used, before a government agency can purchase it, it must be appraised. Chilcutt said he will continue to look into this possible purchase and others for the grapple truck. A new one would cost around $120K.
Chilcuttt also informed the board he is working with the Board of Public Utilities to perhaps get a newer model bucket truck over the summer as well. Chilcutt said the current bucket truck used by the highway department came from BPU, and BPU is set to purchase a newer model and trade in their older one. Director of Electric Operations Cole Edwards and Chilcutt have been discussing how the highway department might be able to trade in their old bucket truck and pay the difference to the BPU for their older truck as they get a newer model.
The board agreed to add about 10 more miles of road side spraying to the budget this year as the spraying process started last week. Chilcutt said the contractor who does the spraying is supposed to be back to spray again this week. Currently 87 miles are sprayed, which helps cut down on mowing late in the summer and saves some money there. The cost is $58 per mile, and the board agreed it seemed to look good and was working, so they told Chilcutt to add 10 more miles across the county to the budget. They spraying is done three times per year.
Chilcutt also told board members that the state aid paving crews will be in the county and it would be a good time to have more striping done. The board has already approved $50K in striping and Chilcutt asked board members to get him roads that needed to be striped this spring. Some mentioned included Jackson Drive, Reynoldsburg, East Antioch and West Antioch.
Burger Bash to Benefit Carl Perkins Center 4-7pm Tues.
Paris, Tenn.- Paris McDonald’s will partner with the Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse Tuesday for the Burger Bash. From 4-7pm Tuesday April 11th, 20% of sales will be donated to the Center to continue the services they offer. All orders eat-in or drive thru will qualify for the donations. The Henry County Carl Perkins staff have helped over 615 individuals in this community.
Lady Pats Hit 7 HRs in Win Over Springfield
Springfield, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team whipped Springfield on the diamond 15-0 on Monday evening. Five different ladies combined for 7 homeruns in the effort. Sophie Piskos and Gracie Osbron hit two apiece and Abigail Wilson, Kaylee Marr, and Grace Guarino each hit one. The Lady Patriots are 4-1 in District play.
Budget Committee Approves Transfers As FYE Draws Near
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met Monday evening and moved money around in the General Fund from the unappropriated fund balance for some repairs and personnel needs at the Henry County Courthouse.
Just over $7200 was moved from unappropriated fund balance to cover when both Kenneth Charles and Jeff Charles worked in Maintenance at the courthouse. Kenneth retired in December, and back in October, Jeff, Kenneth’s son, worked with him learning the ropes of all the work. Jeff then took over the job after Kenneth retired.
$6K was taken from unappropriated fund balance to go toward maintenance and repair at the courthouse and annex as some issues with the elevators have occurred.
Another $6K in Insurance Proceeds were accepted by the budget committee as the bell dome at the courthouse needs some repair. It suffered some damage in the last windy event we’ve had and County Mayor Brent Greer said thankfully it can be repaired pretty inexpensively compared to having to replace or repair the whole thing.
Budget Committee members approved a transfer of $8K from unappropriated fund balance to purchase equipment for vector control as the county is buying mosquito spraying equipment and materials which is used heavily at the lake area.
In a separate transfer, the budget committee approved a transfer from the Highway Department where they are using up to $4200 made from sale of scrap to purchase a small pickup truck to put the mosquito spraying equipment in. Later Monday evening in the Road Board meeting, Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt explained this smaller truck would be better fit in those areas and would be used just for mosquito spraying.
Transfers were also made in the Henry County Health Department as the state will be paying for another local person to work at the health department. Money was also moved around in the Henry County Airport budget to purchase more fuel to finish out the last few months of the fiscal year.
Budget Committee members also accepted a Governor’s Highway Safety Grant in the Sheriff’s Office Budget in the amount of $5K. The money can be used to purchase body or car cameras or radar equipment. Donations in the amount of $2350 were also accepted by the budget committee Monday night that have come into The Shed at the HCSO.
HCMC Lunch to Learn Seminar on Geriatric Foot Set for Tues.
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center’s Lunch to Learn seminar: the importance of taking care of the geriatric foot, will be Tuesday April 11th at Noon in Classrooms 2 and 3. Lunch begins at 11:30am and the event is free but they ask you to bring a new or gently used book to donate to the children’s library.
Seating is limited so you must pre-register by calling 644-3463 or online at www.hcmc-tn.org.
Dr. Lindsay Foust will discuss the geriatric foot and what to expect as we age including deformity, painful calluses, arthritis, and more.
Paris Thunder 11U Does Well at Jackson Tournament
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Thunder 11U baseball team came in 2nd place in the Gold Division in the Holiday Inn Express April Powers Tournament in Jackson. Front Row: Sam Gensmer, Ryan Bradley, Jesse Klutts, Jeremey Thornton, Kenson Kyle, Jayce Kendall, Micah Combe. Back row: Hobby Griffin, Carson Tucker, Tate Lee, Brice Donaldson, Hayden Hixon, Andrew Nelson, and Ashton Kemp.
City of Paris Recognizes Dispatchers for Telelcommuicators Week
Paris, Tenn.- April 9-15, 2017 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The second week in April each year is designated to recognize professionals in the field of Public Safety Communications, or better known to many as, 911 Dispatchers.
Locally we would like to recognize the nine 911 Dispatchers working for the Paris Henry County 911 Dispatch Center. Our staff locally work 12 hour shifts and serve the 32,330 residents of the City of Paris and Henry County. They are responsible for covering a 593 sq. mile area, more specifically 562 sq. miles of land and 31 sq. miles of water.
Your 911 Dispatchers are the link between an emergency and the trained professional first responders of our community. Many times the dispatchers are the unsung heroes in an emergency situation. The 911 Dispatchers are virtually the first contact in these emergencies and provide the calming voice to those in need while evaluating the situation and dispatching the appropriate services to the correct location.
Not only do the dispatchers require the skills to deal with people, they must also display an ability to operate various computer and communication equipment. They must be able to read and understand mapping providing them with a familiarity of the territory in which they serve. Our dispatchers and our community are fortunate to enjoy up to date state of the art equipment.
Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer states, “This week long event was started by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (California) Sheriff’s Office and has since grown into a nationally recognized event. Our Telecommunications are the first line of defense when a call is placed for help and is the last line that is disconnected insuring help has arrived. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week our dispatchers are ready to answer a call for help and I for one am proud of the professionals we have in Henry County that are there ready to answer that call. Please join me in recognizing and thanking our local telecommunications/dispatchers for the great job that they do”.
Cisco Tracks Another After Fleeing from Wreck Scene
Paris, Tenn.- Chalk another find up for Sgt. Wayne Fuqua and K-9 Cisco after Cisco managed to track Justin Carter, age 29, of Big Sandy, after Carter crashed and fled from Paris Police.
The report at the Paris Police Department stated that Lt. Josh Frey was on routine patrol on Veterans Drive and saw a silver 4-door vehicle not dimming his headlights a few times in a row. Lt. Frey turned around and the car accelerated and after attempting to evade, ran off the roadway trying to turn on Spruce Street.
The driver quickly exited the vehicle and ran and passengers were detained by Paris Police and identified Carter as the driver. Sgt. Fuqua and Cisco were called and Cisco tracked Carter into the woods a short distance from the wreck scene. Carter was charged with felony evading, driving on a revoked driver’s license, and he was issued a citation for failure to dim his headlights.
Man Charged With Resisting Arrest Found with Brass Knucks
Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department stopped a Ford SUV on Jones Bend Road for traffic violation and the driver, Bobby G. Madding, age 37, of 1002 Dunlap St., exited the vehicle and clenched his fist and dropped several knives on the ground. When Inv. Whitaker asked for an Id, Madding gave him an ID card and his license was suspended.
Capt. John Brewer arrived to assist and they handcuffed Madding, who began to struggle. Finally Capt. Brewer and Inv. Whitaker got him down and handcuffed him. A pair of brass knuckles was found in his back pocket. Madding was charged with revoked driver’s license, resisting arrest, and possession of a prohibited weapon.
Man Arrested for Theft After Taking Camper Trailer
Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office went to 311 Palestine Road serving a warrant on James D. Perkins, age 29, of Pine Point Campground after he appeared to steal a camper trailer and not return it. Sgt. Fuqua asked Perkins if he had any weapons, due to being a previous offender. A rifle was found in his truck. Perkins was charged with theft and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious vehicle at a residence on Jones Bend Road. The driver, Daniel Stigall, age 26, of 1960 Jones Bend admitted to having a rifle and marijuana pipe. Cpl. Sanders found a glass pipe, butane torch, and more. Stigall was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
HCSS Hosts West TN FRC Meeting
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County hosted the West Tennessee Regional meeting for the Family Resource Center Directors last week. It was an opportunity to learn about state iniatives and available grants and best practice strategies for their centers. (HCSS photo)
Winders Brothers Compete in Track Meets
Jackson, Mo.- Titus and Silas Winders, Henry County High School Track athletes, competed at the Jackson High School Invitational this weekend. Titus won 1st overall in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:28 and Silas came in 4th at 4:37. In the 800 meter run, Titus finished 4th at 2:07 and Silas came in 8th at 2:12.
Former Patriot Track star Javan Winders, now running for the University of Southern Indiana, came in 2nd overall in the Men's 1500 meter run at the Marian Knight Classic at Marian University in Indianapolis. Javan finished 2nd out of 33 runners.
Police Searching for Suspect Who Broke into a HC School Bus
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Greg Underwood responded to a call at a home on East Wood Street on Sunday in reference to a burglary of an automobile.
The resident stated to police that Henry County school bus he drives that was parked in his backyard was running and the door open. When Sgt. Underwood arrived at the scene he observed the school bus running with the door open.
Sgt. Underwood entered the bus to make sure the bus was clear and when he entered the bus he observed a Smith and Wesson Black Ops Knife laying in the isle behind the drivers seat.
Sgt. Underwood asked the complainant to step on the bus so he could ask him about the knife. The complainant said that the knife wasn’t there when he parked the bus in his backyard on Friday.
Sgt. Underwood later found that the bus had been hot-wired in order to start it. He also asked if the security camera on the bus would have caught the suspect, but the complainant said that the security camera would only come on if the key was turned on.
Sgt. Underwood placed the knife into evidence, but police were unable to locate the suspect in the case.
West TN Impact 11u Team Wins First Place in Tourney
The West TN Impact 11u Team waiting to receive their trophies. From left to right: Ben Puckett, Luke Cooper, Ethan Ramsey,
Carter Hedges, Jax Bennett, Graydon Hall, Skippy Gordon, Truitt Webb,
Graham Barthlomew and Javion Boyd.
Paris, Tenn.- The
West Tn Impact 11u team won first place this past weekend in the USSSA
West TN Throwdown tournament which was held at McNeil Park. The team went 3-0 in the tournament.
The West TN Impact 11u players include: Ben Puckett, Luke Cooper, Ethan Ramsey,
Carter Hedges, Jax Bennett, Graydon Hall, Skippy Gordon, Truitt Webb,
Graham Barthlomew and Javion Boyd.
Two People Arrested for DUI
Henry County, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department police made two driving under the influence arrests over the past few days.
Trooper Caleb Cooper arrested Melanie D. Carson, age 40 of 4648 HWY 61 of Steele, Missouri, on Friday for possession and driving under the influence first offense. Carson was placed on $1,000 bond.
In another report, Trooper Jason Mounts arrested David Allan Ross, age 59 of 2155 Hwy 119 of Buchanan, on Thursday for driving under the influence first offense. Ross was placed on $1,000 bond.
HC Ministerial Alliance's Holy Week Monday Services is at FUMC at Noon
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Ministerial Alliance wanted to announced that there has been a change of venue in the Monday Holy Week service of the Henry due to a funeral at Quinn Chapel.
The Holy Week Monday service on Monday, April 10th at noon that was scheduled to take place at Quinn Chapel has been changed and the service will now be held at the First United Methodist Church on Monday at noon with a light lunch to follow in the Christian Life Center.
The Henry County Ministerial Alliance's Holy Week Services will resume at Quinn Chapel on Tuesday April 11th through Friday, 14th.
W.G. Rhea Library Holding Book Sales Throughout April
Paris, Tenn.- The W. G. Rhea Public Library is holding book sales throughout the month of April. From now through Saturday, April15th there will be 20% off all books in hallway which include books on travel, art, photography, music, poetry, humor, pets, sports, earth, antique and dictionaries.
From Tuesday, April 18th through Sunday, April 30th there is 20% off trade-back and large print books.
The library also has several racks of .25 cent books that include books on religion, educational text, craft, sewing, cookbooks and do-it-yourself books.
Dozens Turnout for the 2nd Annual Easton's Angels
Getting your armbands for the
2nd Annual Easton’s Angels Light up the Night one mile walk. (Cassie Walsh photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Dozens came out for the 2nd Annual Easton’s Angels Light up the Night one mile walk on Saturday. There was plenty of food, inflatables and face painting for the kids to enjoy, drawings for raffles and participants got to enjoy good music from the Ray Lewis Band.
Easton’s Angels is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to lend aid to families of Henry County whose children fall victim to life altering illnesses such as cancer. It was formed in memory of Easton Green.
Great Day for Fishing at the Cast N Blast
Chris Davis, Tournament Director, and HSCO Sheriff Monte Belew at the Cast N Blast. (Cassie Walsh photo)
Buchanan, Tenn.- There was a good turnout for Saturday’s Cast-N-Blast a bass fishing tournament and Turkey blast that was held at Paris Landing State Park Marina.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Carl Perkins Center teamed up for a fun day of activities with the proceeds of the event going to help benefit the Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Chris Davis, the tournament director, and HC Sheriff Monte Belew said that it was a great day on the water and they had a great turnout for the Cast-N-Blast.
In the bass fishing tournament 37 boats competed in the tournament and the first place winner took home over $2K. Seven turkey teams competed in the Turkey Blast and the highest team score won $200 plus a prize. There were lots of prizes and giveaways at the event.
A big thanks goes out to all those who helped put on the Cast-N-Blast event which include: the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Chris Davis, Tournament Director, Chelsea Dougherty, of AmeriCorps, and from the Carl Perkins Center Carley Wheat, County Director and Therapist, and Amanda Howell, Office Manager and Family Advocate.
Rescue Squad Does Extrication Certification Training
Rescue Squad members using the jaws of life to cut through a post in the vehicle. (Cassie Walsh photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris- Henry County Rescue Squad held an extrication certification training on Saturday. The Rescue Squad was split up into two groups those that were getting re-certified and those who were being trained in basic extraction.
David Tuck an instructor from the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads said that this training is to teach rescue squad members about scene safety, about advances in vehicles and air bags, and use different scenarios to demonstrate what the safest, easiest and quickest way to extricate someone out of a vehicle after a wreck.
One of the first things the basic training group learns is that when the Rescue Squad is called to a scene you must first stabilize the scene, stabilize the car and protect the passengers in the car while protecting themselves and those working the scene.
The first thing the Rescue Squad does is they will stabilize the vehicle by placing blocks of wood or jacks on either side of the car to prevent the car from moving. Then the team will remove the windows from the car in order to gain access to the passenger in the car.
TARS Instructor David Tuck explaining alternate ways to exticate someone from a vehicle. (Cassie Walsh photo)
Tuck said, “Try before you pry, try to roll down the window and try to open the door before you get the tools out to extricate the passenger.”The Rescue Squad will also cover the passenger with a blanket or a tarp to protect them from when the window is shattered.
After the windows are removed the Rescue Squad will use a sawzall or the jaws of life to cut through the metal in the car to get the person safely out of the vehicle, but when a person is impaled in a wreck the rescue squad has to keep the equipment cooled by pouring cool water on the tools to keep them from overheating or sparking that could possibly ignite the vehicle.
The Rescue Squad re-certification group showing the basic training group members how they removed the roof from this SUV. (Cassie Walsh photo)
The Rescue Squad re-certifies every two years, but Carol Tedford from the Paris- Henry County Rescue Squad said that the rescue squad does this type of training at least once a year. And none of this would be possible without the donations from the residents of Henry County.
Some of the expenses for the Paris- HC Rescue Squad includes a set of jacks with chains can cost around $10K and high pressured tools like the jaws of life can cost anywhere from $28K and up.
The members of the Paris-HC Rescue Squad wanted to say thank you to the community for all of their donations that help the rescue squad provide their services to the community.
Don’t forget that if you want to donate to the Rescue Squad just remember that a donation $2 per family member can make a difference in helping support the Paris- HC Rescue Squad.
Paris Man Arrested on Multiple Charges
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Steven McClure arrested Matthew P. Freeland, age 22 of 409 East Ridge Drive of Paris, on Friday for driving on a revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia and warrants for theft of property over $1,000 and shoplifting. Freeland was also cited for speeding. Freeland was placed on a total of $8,500 bond.
American Legion Holds Final Fish Fry on Friday, April 14th
The American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 89 will hold its final Fish Fry on Friday, April 14th from 5pm to 7pm at the American Legion Post 89, which is located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville.
The meal costs $10 and includes cat fish, hush puppies, white beans, slaw, dessert and a drink. The Fish Fry is open to the public and proceeds from the Fish Fry will go to support the needs of the Veterans of Henry County and the surrounding area.
Paris Man Arrested on Multiple Possession Charges
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Lt. Tony Elkins arrested Rock A. Foster, age 36 of 1730 Hagler Ridge Road of Springville, on Friday for theft of property, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule II substance with intent.
Dancin' and Desserts Set for Saturday, April 8th at 7pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Band is hosting its 3rd Annual Dancin' & Desserts on Saturday, April 8th at 7pm in the back room of the Paris Convention Center.
Performances for the evening will include the Henry County High School Jazz Ensemble, Henry County High School Jazz Combo, the Paris-Henry County Middle School Jazz Ensemble and special guest artist Michael Holden, who is an HCHS alum and former Director of Bands.
Tickets cost$12 at the door and tickets for the March 11th event will be honored.
All of the proceeds raised at the event will benefit the Henry County Band Department.